Philadelphia 76ers Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers certainly hope the Joel Embiid who had 33 points and 16 rebounds to lift the team to a 97-91 home win against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday is here to stay. “I should play like that every night,” Embiid said. “After the last performance, I had to be a little more aggressive.”
Embiid, who struggled to the first scoreless game of his career on Monday in a loss at Toronto, will look to remain a force as the 76ers seek to improve on their 4-6 record away from home. A new offensive threat emerged Wednesday, as rookie Matisse Thybulle scored 15 second-half points in relief of Josh Richardson (right hamstring tightness). “You have to be ready for every opportunity,” Thybulle said.
New York Knicks Preview
The struggling New York Knicks will look to snap a four-game losing streak as they welcome the rival Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Finding cohesion and chemistry are on the agenda, too. “Right now, we’re still fighting that fight to trust each other offensively and defensively,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said after the team’s latest setback, a 126-98 loss at Toronto on Wednesday night.
Rookie RJ Barrett returned to the lineup and scored 16 points after missing the previous game with an illness, but he hit just five of his 17 field-goal attempts. The 76ers won the teams’ first meeting of the season on Nov. 20 in Philadelphia, 109-104.